Name of association: Tunisian Association of Neurology, Children and Adolescents (TCNA)

Category: Science Association

Coordinates: “La maison du médecin” : medical doctor home, rue de Malaga El Manar 1, 2092 Tunis

The Tunisian Association of Neurology of Child and Adolescent TCNA was created in June 2014. It is open to physicians involved in their professional activities by the different aspects of neurology of the child and adolescent.

It currently has 15 members.

The neurologist is a specialist in child development of the nervous system and its disorders (congenital diseases, genetic or acquired).

Diseases of the nervous system in infants and children have a very pejorative impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Improved neonatal resuscitation facilities enabled the survival of children with low birth weight, preterm large and / or brain damage with pre, peri or post-natal; more current scientific explosion and improving exploration and diagnostic techniques have transformed the design of neurological diseases in children and helped identify new disease entities and create new opportunities for prevention and treatment.

Progress has also been made in cognitive science with better support for delay and language disorders, learning disabilities and certain pathologies representing a public health problem such as epilepsy, learning difficulties …

One of the essential characteristics of the Pediatric Neurology is that nerve damage occurs on the developing brain and in constant transformation.

Early diagnosis is sometimes vital for the future health of the child and decisive for the functional prognosis and the family.

The child should not be considered a small adult, but as a being growing and maturing somatic and psychic, as well as a subject of education and learning requiring early intervention and multidisciplinary approach covering four areas of care: prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation.

It is this specificity that determines the mode of operation of pediatric neurology services based on a multidisciplinary approach, looking at the whole child (maturation, cognitive and motor development and disease) and looking to the future (school integration, social and professional).

The diagnostic and therapeutic management of these children involves various health care providers (physician, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, speech therapist …).

The body teachers and parents must work in harmony for the well being of this being in development and enable them to live as normally as possible and integrate society despite the handicap linked to his illness.